2018 Wimbledon Betting Tips: Day 9 - Men's Quarter Finals
Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marchCF96) looks ahead to Wednesday’s men’s Wimbledon quarter-final matches and provides us with his best bets.
2018 Wimbledon Betting Tips: Day 9 – Men’s Quarter Finals
Wednesday sees the men’s Wimbledon quarter-finals take place and the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic will all be looking to progress through to the semi-finals against strong, big serving opposition. Federer faces Kevin Anderson on Court 1 first up before another big-server, Milos Raonic, plays the strongest server of them all in John Isner. Juan Martin Del Potro against Rafael Nadal looks like being the pick of the matches on Centre-Court after Novak Djokovic takes on the skilful Kei Nishikori.
Roger Federer v Kevin Anderson (13:00 Court 1)
Federer has looked faultless so far at this tournament and has yet to be broken, let alone drop a set. He has yet to be really tested and whilst the big-serving Kevin Anderson will cause him some problems, you would still expect Roger to make yet another semi-final. Anderson beat Gael Monfils in four sets, with three tie-breaks and you would expect Federer to find it a bit more difficult to break the Anderson serve than he has in his previous matches. The bet here I like the look of here is Federer to win and over 32.5 games in the match, which is EVENS with SkyBet. Federer has a 4-0 lead in the head-to-head and has never dropped a set to Anderson, so you expect him to win, but with Anderson playing his best tennis this season and serving so well, it could be a longer game, with the chance of a tie-break and a few longer sets in there as well.
Milos Raonic v John Isner (15:00 Court 1)
This is, arguably, the most difficult game to call of the four and it involves the two biggest serving players on the tour. Isner has the highest number of aces at the tournament so far with 135, whilst Raonic has the second most, with 117. This is being dubbed a ‘slug fest’ and you would not be surprised to see a number of tie-breaks here. These two have played four times, with Isner winning three and Raonic just the one and in the nine sets they have played, seven of those have been tie-breaks. Raonic is the better all-round tennis player, so we fancy him to be able to get the better of Isner, over at least four sets. The bet we are going with here is for Raonic to win and both players to win a set at 6/4 with SkyBet. With tie-breaks being a little bit of a lottery, either of these two could get the better of each other but Raonic being five inches smaller could play into his hands, making it easier for him to move around the court and Isner could struggle to match him for mobility. Isner will win a set, maybe even two, but Raonic will come out on top.
Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori (13:00 Centre-Court)
Novak Djokovic is another of the ‘Big 3’ that has looked very strong so far this tournament. He has dropped just one set so far and made short work of the talented Karen Khachanov in the last round in straight sets. Kei Nishikori battled through an injury scare in the last round against Ernests Gulbis to win in four sets, which included two tie-breaks and whilst he has always been capable opposition to the best players, he does not look like having enough to beat Djokovic at Wimbledon. These two players have faced each other 15 sides in all and Djokovic has dominated the match-up, winning 13 of those games. He has won all of the last 11 games between them and the form certainly warrants backing the Serbian here. Our best bet for this match is Djokovic to win 3-0 which is 17/14 with MarathonBet.
Rafael Nadal v Juan Martin Del Potro (Centre-Court 15:00)
Rafael Nadal has reached the quarter-finals for the first time at Wimbledon since 2011 and this is the first time he has ever gone to the quarter-finals at SW19 without dropping a set. He looks to be in his best form currently and has lost just twice to Del Potro in the last nine meetings, with the most recent match coming at the French Open earlier this summer, which Nadal won in straight sets. Five of the last seven matches have seen both players winning a set but Del Potro did struggle in his last match against Giles Simon, winning each set on a tie-breaker and dropping a set also. Nadal looks fresh and in his best form and given he beat Del Potro in straight-sets at the French, he looks in a good position to win this relatively comfortably. The bet here is for Nadal to win the first set either 6-3 or 6-4 at 13/8 with SkyBet, which is a bet that has landed in three of his last four matches and given that Del Potro will push Nadal hard throughout, you would not expect Nadal to win by any more than just a single break of serve.